Board of Directors
Meet some of CAPS founders, former and current board members
Environmental activist, writer, and policy analyst who lectures on the role of population growth in degrading natural ecosystems and eroding the quality of life. With expertise in the effects of acid rain and metals pollution on high altitude lakes, he helped establish the first acid rain monitoring station on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, he led passage of an Alameda County open space protection initiative in 2000 and currently advises citizens groups on local growth management policies. In 2012, he received the Excellence in Preservation Award from the Tri-Valley Conservancy. He is a board member of the Institute for Population Studies in Berkeley, a former trustee of the Head-Royce School in Oakland, and former board member of Transform (formerly the Bay Area Transportation and Land Use Coalition). He co-authored Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards (University of California Press). Dick received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy and Research Professor at UCLA, Dr. Zuckerman developed and co-taught a UCLA Honors course entitled "The 21st Century: Society, Environment, Ethics" and co-edited six books including Human Population and the Environmental Crisis (Jones & Bartlett, 1995). He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from MIT and a PH.D. from Harvard University. He was cited by Science in 2008 for obtaining the first-ever image of a new planetary system. He is a longtime environmentalist who has served on the Sierra Club's national Board of Directors.
An historian of modern America, a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a retired Visiting Scholar from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author or editor of 17 books and numerous articles on the history of the United States, especially on American reform movements, political economy, environment and immigration. He has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Study and Behavioral Sciences, and received the Robert Kelley Memorial Award from the National Council on Public History. He is a graduate of Yale University and earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Mr. Pasternack is an investor. During the 1990s he was a technical writer of computer software manuals. During the 1970’s and 1980’s he practiced banking law in Los Angeles. Mr. Pasternack became concerned and active about overpopulation while attending college during the 1960’s, when he was also active in the anti-Vietnam War movement and volunteered in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. As a CAPS senior writing fellow he has published letters to the editor and newspaper guest columns. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Sociology, and received his law degree from the University of Arizona.
Mr. Aaronson is a retired mathematics and science educator from the University of California’s Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. His concerns about population growth arose from his stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and experiencing the 400% population increase in his native California. He is a board member of the El Cerrito Trailtrekkers, a group building urban trails and volunteers with several organizations, including the Tilden Botanical Gardens, the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse and the West Edge Opera Company. He earned his BA from the University of California at Berkeley in Physical Science and an MA in Science Education from San Jose State University.
With a Master's degree in Urban Planning from UCLA she has served as an executive or partner in several Southern California architect/planning firms and was President of Marilyn Brant & Associates. Her population interest began with her service on President Nixon’s Commission on Population Growth and the American Future (1970-72). She served on the board of the international Population Crisis Committee for 23 years. She founded and chaired the Population Education Committee, which merged into Population Communication, Inc. She served on the board of PCI for 8 years. She also has a strong record of service on government committees and numerous corporate, educational, non-profit and civic boards.
A graduate of Stanford University who served in the U.S. Army in World War II, Mr. Fletcher joined Home Federal as a management trainee in 1950 and was Chairman of the Board when he retired in 1992. He was formerly Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and is currently President of Investors Leasing Corporation, a Real Estate investment company. Active in many non-profit organizations, he is currently a member of the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Clubs. He is a life time member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board, served as President of the United Way of San Diego, sat on the Stanford University Athletic Board, was Founding Director of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, Trustee at University of San Deigo and Trustee at Sharp Hospital, San Diego.
A fifth-generation Californian concerned with quality of life and urban density issues in the State, attended Occidental College, Westmont College and UC Santa Barbara graduate school in Asian Studies focusing on Japanese language and Chinese history. He has enjoyed a long career as an Asian art dealer and appraiser and served on the board of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena as well having been appointed the chair of the Museum`s 2013 gala fundraiser held at the California Club in Los Angeles. Keith also serves on the boards of the Courthouse Legacy Foundation as well as the Trust for Historic Preservation, a joint effort with the state of California in preserving and interpreting numerous historic sites in Santa Barbara County. He helped spearhead as co-chair the Trust`s 50th anniversary celebration, bringing attention to El Presidio de Santa Barbara, a State park and historic landmark. Concerned with the effect that population shifts have on rural communities, Keith has served as a commissioner to the County Historic Landmarks Commission, representing the 2nd Supervisorial district of Santa Barbara county. His family's long history in agricultural pursuits makes him especially sensitive to changes in the demographics of rural ranching and farming communities.
Judith graduated from Stanford University with a BFA in Art & Architecture and founded an interior design firm with a practice in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Her extensive volunteer commitments have included being President of the Community Arts Music Association, the Stanford Alumni Club Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board and the Junior League Sustainers and she is currently President of the Little Town Club. She has previously held board positions in the National Charity League, the Los Positas Park Foundation, the Music Academy of the West, and is currently a board member for Opera Santa Barbara, the Cottage Hospital Rehabilitation Foundation and active in several other non-profit groups.
Kristin Larson holds two degrees in science and a juris doctor. Her international law practice focuses on environmental business law, advising clients on liability risks, compliance and sustainability strategies. Prior to her recent return to Santa Barbara, Kristin was a lawyer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington DC, where, for more than ten years, she represented a broad array of clients from industrial manufacturing sectors and financial institutions. More recently, Kristin’s counseling efforts have been directed to renewable energy generation and sustainability counseling. Before becoming a lawyer, Kristin served spent almost a decade in Antarctica managing the National Science Foundation’s research and environmental compliance matters. She also served in the White House Council for Environmental Quality successfully shepherding a Presidential Order through a multi-agency rule-writing and stakeholder process. Ms. Larson’s diverse and unique background was the subject of a feature profile that appeared in The American Lawyer (October 2009), and she served for more than 10 years on the Board and Legal Committee of the venerable Explorers Club of New York. To honor her Antarctic achievements, “Kristin Peak” (located in Antarctica) was named for Ms. Larson in 2001. Kristin’s interest in population issues relates directly to her concerns for moderating environmental impacts and sustaining healthy ecosystems. She received her J.D. at George Washington University Law School, a Master of Science from University of Oregon, Institute of Marine Biology, and a Bachelor of Arts from Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon.
CAPS Advisory Board
- Denice Spangler Adams, M.S., Community Activist, Santa Barbara, CA
- Carolyn Pesnell Amory, Community Volunteer, Santa Barbara, CA
- Herbert Barthels, D.D.S., Santa Barbara, CA
- Allan F. Brown, Business Owner & Community Volunteer, Menlo Park, CA
- Benny Chien, M.D., Physician, La Jolla, CA
- Dave Foreman, Environmentalist & Populationist, Albuquerque, NM
- Robert W. Gillespie, President of Population Communication, Pasadena, CA
- Helen Graham, Former CAPS Executive Director, Sacramento, CA
- Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, Selma, CA
- Leon Kolankiewicz, M.S., Environmental Scientist, Reston, VA
- Richard D. Lamm, L.L.D., Former Governor of Colorado, Denver, CO
- Martin C. Litton, Former Member, Sierra Club Board of Directors, Portola Valley, CA
- Nancy Pearlman, Educational Communications, Los Angeles, CA
- Karen Peus, Concerned Citizen, Santa Barbara, CA
- Winifred W. Rhodes, Philanthropist, Corona del Mar, CA
- Paul L. Scott, Environmentalist & Political Activist, Santa Monica, CA
- George Sessions, Professor, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
- Jacob Sigg, Environmental Activist, San Francisco, CA
- Michael Tobias, Ph.D., Ecologist and Filmmaker, Santa Monica, CA
- Louis F. Villaneuva, Geologist, Petroleum Engineer, Retired, Couer d'Alene, ID
- John D. Weeden, Environmentalist, Populationist & Philanthropist, San Francisco, CA
- Charles Westoff, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Demographic Studies & Sociology, Princeton, NJ